Louth woman helps Team England win silver medal

A woman who was brought up and educated in Louth has helped Team England win a silver medal in the Roller Derby World Championships.
A woman who was brought up and educated in Louth has helped Team England win a silver medal in the Roller Derby World Championships.

A former Louth woman has helped Team England skate their way to a silver medal in the Roller Derby World Cup held in Dallas, Texas.

Sharon Leese, 26, who was brought up and educated in Louth, played against 30 teams from across the world.

This is only the second World Cup of its kind and took place during the first week of December. The roller derby skater of four and a half years was part of a 20 strong team, comprising of the best skaters in the country, picked from a vigorous selection process which began a year prior to the competition.

With the tournament split into eight groups, the top two teams of each group battled it out in the final 16 before being whittled down to just four, who then played it out for the medals.

Team England worked extremely hard to gain as many points as possible and to keep their oppositions’ scores down to as little as they could, the team made great headway in winning their group and came up against the undefeated USA in the final. Sharon was lucky enough to play in all the Team England games in the championships, securing the most game time she’s had in any tournament to date.

For Sharon, silver felt like winning as the team got the closest score to the USA than anyone has ever achieved.

She said: “We knew that our chances of bringing home gold were slim, but we fought hard for it and played the best game we could. We were ecstatic with bringing home silver and coming so close to USA’s scoreline felt like a win. You can’t complain being second in the world.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me to get where I am today, my friends and team members from Team England and the London Rollergirls, my amazing boyfriend Tom and my whole family including my mum, dad, sister Emma and brother Mikel, who have been behind me since day one.”